An explorer who made headlines after he was reported missing in Papua New Guinea said he thought of King’s Lynn during his expedition.

Benedict Allen had planned to give a talk in King’s Lynn on November 21 but the event had to be cancelled after he went missing on his trek.

The event has been rescheduled for next month where Mr Allen said he will share his experience.

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Last month, Mr Allen went on an expedition in Papua New Guinea to relocate a tribe he had visited 30 years ago.

He had been trying to reach the Yaifo, a remote tribe who reside in the jungle with no contact with the outside world.

Three weeks later, Mr Allen, who had no mobile phone or GPS device with him, missed a flight back home via Hong Kong, sparking fears for his safety and whereabouts.

But the University of East Anglia (UEA) alumnus was later found “alive and well” although reportedly was recovering from symptoms of malaria.

His is due to arrive in King’s Lynn for a talk in St George’s Guildhall on Friday, January 26, as part of King’s Lynn Festival’s year-round programme of events.

Mr Allen said: “I’m so greatly looking forward to coming – and all the more because I was recuperating from both malaria and Dengue Fever when I was meant to give the talk – having been picked out of the forests by helicopter when a war between local Papuans erupted.

“I really hate to disappoint an audience – and even thought about King’s Lynn while I was sitting in the damp forest, shivering with malaria.”

Mr Allen added: “I will do my best not just to share my adventures, but also enthuse people. I believe we are all explorers – it’s part of what makes us human.

“It’s very important we all remind ourselves of that – and especially the young, who tend to believe that the golden days of exploration belong in the past,” he added.

The Royal Geographical Society and King’s Lynn Festival are jointly staging the event at St George’s Guildhall which will be a highlight of the festival’s programme.

Tickets for the January 26 event at 7.30pm are available from the Corn Exchange box office 01553 764864 and on the festival’s website www.kingslynnfestival.org.uk

Source: Eastern Daily Press

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